Announcement: National Senior Sprint Selection Regatta Invitations

Australian Canoeing are pleased to announce the Canoe Sprint athletes who are invited to compete in the National Senior Selection Regatta.

To view the list of invited athletes please click on HERE

ENTRIES NOW OPEN! 2018 Canoe Sprint National Championships

Entries for the 2018 Canoe Sprint National Championships are now OPEN.

The event will run from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th March 2018, at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) – Gate A Old Castlereagh Rd, Castlereagh.

Please note there will be a Senior Selection event on Sunday 4th to Monday 5th March 2018 this competition is by invite only, however you are welcome to come and watch. Information in regards to training at SIRC during this event will be in the Competitor Briefing.

Details on the regatta schedule and competitor briefing will be available shortly.

If you would like to volunteer during the event for half/full day please register your interest here.

More information on the event and how to enter can be found here.

Australia’s Olympic Paddlers looking strong at 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2

Australia’s Olympic Paddlers looking strong at 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2 ahead of selection trials

  • Olympians Alyce Burnett (QLD) and Alyssa Bull (QLD) lead strong women’s squad into selection trials
  • Newcomer Tom Green (QLD) secures selection trials invite

Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic sprint paddlers have presented themselves in great form at the 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2, which wrapped up at Sydney International Regatta Centre on Sunday, 11 February 2018.

With three weeks to go to National Team Selection Trials the first international hit-out of the season was the opportunity to test some speeds and more importantly secure an invite to the invitational canoe sprint selection trials to take place at Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) March 4-5 2018.

Sunshine Coast’s 2016 Rio Olympic pairing of Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull impressed over the weekend by leading the women’s field across the classes in high-calibre racing and with large entry numbers in most of the women’s events.

“The other girls are pushing us hard and it’s never an easy win, but it’s always good to come home with a couple of wins. The girls in Australia have done a huge step up so you certainly can’t be complacent. We’ve had some fast racing over the weekend and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do at selection trials next and then on the international stage. With the international season in mind, we are trying not to totally peak for this event or selection trials but that aside we are producing some really good times in training as well,” Alyce Burnett said.

Alyce Burnett took home the wins in Saturday’s women’s K1 200 as well as in the women’s K2 500 together with Alyssa Bull. On Sunday, the pair followed up with Alyce Burnett winning the women’s K1 500 and Alyssa Bull following in second. The win in the Women’s K1 1000 went to reigning U23 World Champion in this event Alyssa Bull, while 2017 Open World Champion Alyce Burnett finished second. The pair finished the event by winning the women’s K4 500 together with Olympian Cat McArthur (SA) and Jaime Roberts (WA).

While the Oceania Grand Prix is important for selections, Burnett also has the long-term international goals in mind with current crew partner Alyssa Bull and a strong squad of Australian women’s paddlers around her.

“Short term goal is obviously to win all the races at selection trials. But leading into the World Cups and World Champs it will also depend on what boats I’m racing. Now that I got a taste of winning a gold medal last year and singing the national anthem, we want to push that into an Olympic event rather than a non-olympic event.”

“We’ll start playing all of our cards post selections, pending we are selected and into World Cups and World Champs we can try a few things and hopefully we can get those extra one or two percent. But for the domestic season our times are going really well and are very consistent across the whole girls squad,” she added.

New on the Olympic program in Tokyo 2020 will be the women’s canoeing 200m and 500m events with South Australia’s paddlers taking the lead in these events.

“I’ve had some really good times this weekend, which is a good indication in the lead up to nationals. The competition has been really good and all the girls are improving everyday. The goal is to cut as much time off between now and nationals, and hopefully get a few PB’s at nationals and continue to cut the time down to hopefully make the team then,” Josephine Bulmer (SA), winner of the women’s C1 500 and 200, said.

In the men’s events Olympians and 2017 World Champions in the K4 Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD) presented themselves in great form throughout the weekend and led the field in the men’s K2 events. The pair kicked-off the final day on Sunday (11 February) by winning the men’s K2 500, after already winning the K2 1000 on Saturday (10 February).

Together with their 2017 World Champion teammates and Olympic medallists Kenny Wallace (QLD) and Murray Stewart (NSW), who finished second in both the K2 1000 and 500, they also took home the win in the men’s K4 500 to wrap up a successful event ahead of selection trials.

“It’s been a good regatta and the conditions have been really good, either glassy conditions or just a puff here and there and that’s what you want. We had good results in the K2 1000 and 500 and I’m quite happy with that. It’s been a hard field and there’s been a massive jump up in the speed for everyone and I’m sure it will still improve leading into selection trials and nationals. It’s always good to get a couple of wins in and we want to build on that for our next racing at selection trials,” Gold Coast’s Jordan Wood said after racing.

2012 Olympic gold medallist Murray Stewart also added a win in the MK1 1000 on Saturday, while dual Olympian Steve Bird (WA) had the comeback of the regatta, when he won the men’s K1 200 on Saturday in his first regatta back since his one-year post-Olympics break.

“It’s my first year back and it’s interesting to be back racing others. I’m happy to get these races out of the way, get a win in and build towards selections in three weeks,” the 29-year old said after his win on Saturday.

Newcomer of the weekend was Tom Green (QLD). The 18-year old paddler from Varsity Lakes at the Gold Coast secured is open selection trials invite after finishing fifth in the men’s K1 1000m, as well as fourth in the men’s K2 500 Final together with fellow Queenslander Joel McKitterick. He also won his semifinal in the men’s K1 500, before the final was called a non-event after a technical issue with the start process, which deemed a non-result. Green wrapped up a successful weekend with a second place in the men’s K4 500 together with Joel McKitterick (QLD), Matt Goble (SA) and Steve Bird (WA).

“The competition has been some of the worlds best and competing alongside the Opens the weekend has been a great experience for me. It’s great to try and pass them and to keep up with all these experienced paddlers. It’s all been a great experience, training with the Senior Team. They teach me so much mentally and physically and they are helping me progress. I’ve set a lot of goals with times and I’m ticking them off slowly and just keep trying to progress, but my big goal, and it would be an absolute honour, is to make the Senior Team,” Green said at the end of the regatta.

In the Paracanoe sprint classes the Paracanoe paddlers, including Paralympic Champion and 2017 dual Paracanoe World Champion Curtis McGrath (QLD) as well as Paralympic medallists and 2017 Paralympic World Champions Susan Seipel (QLD) and Amanda Reynolds (VIC) used the event as a welcome opportunity to get some racing in.

“Preparations have been going well and this regatta was a good test to see where I’m at,” Curtis McGrath said. “The goal this year is definitely to defend my World titles. But we are still a fair way out from World Champs and even our Nationals are still a couple weeks away. I’m looking forward to another opportunity of racing and getting Dylan (Littlehales) there,” McGrath added after he was pipped on the line by fellow Paralympian and Australian Canoeing 2017 Junior Athlete of the Year Dylan Littlehales (NSW) in the men’s K1 200m on Saturday. See Saturday’s media release for more: http://canoe.org.au/2018/02/10/rio-2016-olympians-and-paralympians-show-early-form-at-2018-oceania-championships-grand-prix-2/

The 2018 Oceanian Championships Grand Prix2 was the first international hit-out of the 2018 season with 148 athletes competing in 89 events across the Olympic and Paralympic sprint classes and Open, under 18 and under 16 age groups. International entries included competitors from France, South Africa, Denmark, Great Britain and Tahiti as well as New Zealand’s U18 Team, who enjoyed their stay in Sydney.

“We all love it here. We don’t have a regatta course like this back home in New Zealand. The starting gates are really good, we had good conditions and it’s cool to get some official timing so we know how we’re tracking on our program. The racing was really good with high competition and the girls were pushing me really hard, so it was good fun. I’m hoping to go on to Junior Worlds and racing a few events there for New Zealand,” Alicia Hoskin (NZL) said, who won the women’s K1 500m as well as K4 500 Under 18 events and finished fourth with here New Zealand crew in the open women’s K4 500.

SIRC will be hosting the Australian Canoeing National Selection Trials next from 4-5 March 2018, before the National Championships to take place from 6 – 10 March 2018.

Before then, the Australian Canoeing action continues with the Slalom Team contesting the Australian Open at Penrith Whitewater Stadium next weekend, 16 – 18 February 2017. The event will see local hero and Olympic medallist Jessica Fox in action as well as a high calibre international field including multiple Olympic and World Champion medallists from around the World. For more about the entries and event program see here: http://canoe.org.au/events/2018-canoe-slalom-australian-open/ 

See Saturday’s (10 February 2018) GP2 results here

See Sunday’s (11 February 2018) GP2 results here.

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Rio 2016 Olympians and Paralympians show early form at 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2

Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic paddlers have shown some great early form on the first day of finals and second day of competition at the 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2 on Saturday, 10 February 2018 at Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) in Penrith.

It was a day of comebacks and surprises with dual Olympian Steve Bird (WA) coming back from a year off with a bang and winning the men’s K1 200m, while Paralympic Champion Curtis McGrath (QLD) was pipped on the line by fellow Paralympian and Australian Canoeing 2017 Junior Athlete of the Year Dylan Littlehales (NSW) in one of the tightest races of the day.

The Oceania Grand Prix 2 is the first big hit-out of the international canoe sprint season and is considered a pre-selection event for national team selection trials coming up for Australia’s Olympic class paddlers in three weeks (4-5 March 2018) and for Australia’s Paracanoeists at Nationals from 6-10 March 2018.

Aiming for invitations to selection trials, the first Final A win of the day in calm and hot conditions was taken home by South Australian Charlie Kneebone-Ellis, who won the men’s C1 1000m.

Olympian and 2017 K4 World Champion Murray Stewart (NSW) followed suit in the men’s K1 1000m, while the under 18 race was won by New Zealand’s Sam Ferkins ahead of South Australian Jess Kneebone-Ellis.

In the men’s K1 200m Western Australian Steve Bird showed he is back in form after a year off by winning the event he competed in at both the 2016 Rio and 2012 London Olympic Games.

“It was a solid race even though I was caught a bit off guard at start. It’s my first year back and it’s interesting to be back racing others. I have been paddling really well at home and just had to find it here. I’m happy to get one out of the way and build towards selections in three weeks,” Bird said after the race.

The 29-year old took a break post the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and has been back in training since last September. He clocked a time of 0:35.73 ahead of South Australian Matt Goble (0:36.30) and Welshman Mark Stowe (0:37.12).

It is a hot field in the men’s classes with 2017 K4 World Champions Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD) continuing their strong form from last year by winning the men’s K2 1000 in 3:13.04 and one second ahead of their 2017 K4 partners Olympic and World Champions Kenny Wallace (QLD) and Murray Stewart (NSW), who finished second in 3:14.11.

Finals in the men’s K2 500, K1 500, MK4 500 and MK2 200 are scheduled for Sunday, 11 February 2018.

In the women’s classes, Sunshine Coast’s Olympians Alyce Burnett (QLD) and Alyssa Bull (QLD) put up a strong performance in the women’s K2 500m winning with a two seconds margin over Olympian Cat McArthur (SA) and Jaime Roberts (WA) in 1:48.17. France’s Manon Jostens and Lea Jamelot finished third.

“Bully (Alyssa Bull) and I have been together for a few years now and we’ve swapped positions so I’m in the front now and she’s in the back. It’s our first season racing like that and it’s always good to come home with a win. But more importantly the other girls are pushing us hard and it’s never an easy win. The girls in Australia have done a huge step up so you certainly can’t be complacent,” Burnett said after the race.

Alyce Burnett, 2017 World Champion in the women’s K1 1000m, also took home the win in the women’s K1 200m after a straight set of wins in Friday’s heat and semi-final as well as Saturday’s final.

“200 metres is not my speciality and obviously I focussed on the 1000metres last year, but I have been really working on my speed and I’m feeling good in the K1. Hopefully that can transfer over into the K2 and K4,” Burnett said after her second win of the day.

“Conditions have been good, quite still and hot and to get a fast time we would want a puff of a tail wind so races here haven’t been the fastest times. But it’s always good to get a race in still conditions in and you can feel good in yourself rather than having to paddle against the elements,” she added about the conditions.

On Sunday, 11 February 2018, medals are still up for grabs in the women’s K1 500, K2 200, K1 1000 and K4 500.

In the Paracanoe men’s K1 200 18-year old Paralympian Dylan Littlehales impressed by pipping Paralympic Champion and dual 2017 Paracanoe World Champion Curtis McGrath on the line by .32 seconds. Great Britain’s Paracanoeist Tim Lodge finished third. Littlehales already created waves in Friday’s race for lanes when he led over McGrath.

“The conditions and weather were near perfect and it feels great to get one up over Curtis. He’s a great competitor and my next goal is to focus on the nationals and do the best I can,” Littlehales said after the race.

While Curtis McGrath (KL2 classification) and Dylan Littlehales (KL3 classification) are competing in different Paracanoe classifications internationally, it has been a big goal for Littlehales to catch his training partner and role model: “It’s great to train with the likes of Curtis, who is a great athlete and the goal I had ever since I started competing is to be able to beat him and I’m finally starting to get there.”

For Curtis McGrath the Oceania Grand Prix is the first competition of the year and he was happy about the competition: “I had Dylan at the start but he came through at the end and pipped me. As he’s getting older, he’s getting smarter and stronger and it’s great to have someone pushing you along the way. He’s finally taken over and that’s a good sign for Dylan and what Australian Canoeing can do. He pushes you along and makes you work every step of the way,” Curtis McGrath said after the race.

And about the goals for the season ahead he added: “Preparations have been going well and I just missed out on the last two regattas due to family circumstances (NSW and QLD State Championships) and this regatta is a good test to see where I’m at. The goal this year is definitely to defend my World titles. But we are still a fair way out from World Champs and even our Nationals are still a couple weeks away. I’m looking forward to another opportunity of racing and getting Dylan there.”

The Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2 has attracted 148 athletes competing in 89 events across the Olympic and Paralympic classes and Open, under 18 and under 16 age groups and is the first big hit-out of the 2018 international season, including competitors from New Zealand’s, France, Great Britain, South Africa, Denmark and Tahiti.

For Australia’s Olympic sprint paddlers the event is final opportunity to secure an invitation to the 2018 national team selection trials to be held at Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) 4 – 5 March 2018. Paralympic selections will take place at the Australian Canoeing Championships at SIRC from 6-10 March 2018.

Racing will continue on Sunday, 11 February 2018 from 8 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

See Saturday’s results here.

See all results & draw here

See the event program here

Live results can be followed here. 

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Photos by Phillip Wittke

Hot racing at 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2 day one

Racing has kicked off at the 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2 (9-11 February 2018) with Australia’s best Olympic and Paralympic sprint paddlers lining up at the start line in hot and humid conditions at Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith.

Heats were scheduled for the first day of competition with the regatta considered a pre-selection event for all Australian Olympic class paddlers.

“The main goal here is to get invited to the selection event (4-5 March 2018) and if I managed to get into the top four in all of the races I do here, I will be happy,” Olympian and 2017 K4 World Champion Jordan Wood (QLD) said about the tasks ahead.

It is a hot field in the men’s classes and Olympic and World Champions Kenny Wallace (QLD) and Murray Stewart (NSW) kicked-off the day with a win in the men’s K2 1000m clocking 3:21.23. Heat two was won by their 2017 K4 World Champion partners Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD) in almost the exact same time (3:21.26) with a show-down expected in Saturday’s (10 February) final.

“The races went pretty good and I had quite consistent results throughout the day and hoping to build on them tomorrow,” Wood said, who also won both his heat and semi-final in the MK1 1000m.

In the women’s K2 500m Olympians Alyce Burnett (QLD) and Alyssa Bull (QLD) won the first heat and went straight through to the final with Olympian Cat McArthur (SA) and Jaime Roberts (WA) following suit in heat two in a tight race with Manon Jostens and Lea Jamelot from France.

“We had to go out there and go through the processes and taking the win was an important mental step, but it’s definitely going to be hot on the final tomorrow,” Cat McArthur said.

“We’ve got some girls here with some really good speed and we’ve got a strong, cohesive group, which is really exciting at this stage of the Olympic cycle,” McArthur added.

In the Paralympic classes Paralympian and Australian Canoeing’s Junior athlete of the year Dylan Littlehales (NSW) created waves, when he led over Paralympic Champion and dual 2017 World Champion Curtis McGrath (QLD) in the men’s K1 200 races for lanes. Finals are scheduled for Saturday and include British Para-Canoeist Tim Lodge, who has been enjoying the opportunity to train and race in Australian summer.

“I arrived two weeks ago and have been training with the Paracanoe Team at the Gold Coast, which has been great. Especially by this time of the year back home we really get a bit sick and tired of the cold weather, so it’s great to be in warm weather, but it’s also nice to get a nice change of scenery,” Lodge said.

“Everybody has been really helpful and I’ve really enjoyed the Australian hospitality. We’re looking forward to returning some of this when the Paracanoe Team comes over in May to race at the World Cup,” Lodge added.

The Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2 has attracted 148 athletes competing in 89 events across the Olympic and Paralympic classes and Open, under 18 and under 16 age groups and is the first big hit-out of the 2018 international season, including competitors from New Zealand’s, France, Great Britain, South Africa, Denmark and Tahiti.

For Australia’s Olympic sprint paddlers the event is final opportunity to secure an invitation to the 2018 national team selection trials to be held at Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) 4 – 5 March 2018. Paralympic selections will take place at the Australian Canoeing Championships at SIRC from 6-10 March 2018.

Racing will continue on Saturday, 10 February and Sunday, 11 February 2018 with finals, semi-finals and finals continue on Saturday and Sunday 10 and 11 February.

See Friday’s results here: http://regattas.canoe.org.au/?regatta;file=754

The draw can be accessed here: http://regattas.canoe.org.au/?draw=1149

Live results can be followed here: http://regattas.canoe.org.au/?live=1149

Follow results on your mobile here: http://m.regattas.canoe.org.au/?mobile;regatta=1149